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CSRmesh™ – A key component to the Internet of Things and the world’s most exciting technology, says The Times Raconteur special report

CSR was featured this week in the ‘Internet of Things’ special report, published by the prestigious Raconteur and distributed in The Times. It contains an interesting series of articles looking at how everything is getting plugged into the internet and how through machine-to-machine communications, it is making a sizeable impact on how we live. It’s worth a read, but definitely check out pages 8-9, where CSRmesh is not only mentioned as one of the ten applications making the IoT the world’s most exciting technology, but also because it features a great infographic exploring the segmentation of the IoT market.

“Devices in close proximity relay messages to each other to form a local network. For example, Cambridge Silicon Radio’s CSRmesh uses the Bluetooth radio signal found on every smartphone. The consumer connects to a Bluetooth-smart IoT device, which then sends that message to affiliated devices in a giant chain or mesh. Bluetooth can stretch 30 metres, but via a mesh, a message can leapfrog devices to cover much larger distances.”

Read more about the new CSRmesh protocol here. For a full list of features and information about ordering a CSRmesh Development Kit, click here.

As originally seen in ‘Internet of Things’ published by Raconteur Media on 17/07/14 in The Times

As originally seen in ‘Internet of Things’ published by Raconteur Media on 17/07/14 in The Times

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Sky News reports on CSRmesh™ and Bluetooth® powering the Internet of Things

CSR recently met with the SWIPE tech team from Sky News to talk about how Bluetooth® is changing the way we interact with the world. Reporting from the Future is Smart exhibition organised by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the report focuses on CSRmesh™ having a key role in the future of wireless technology:

“Bluetooth isn’t just about mobile headsets anymore, a new generation of wireless technology is ready to transform homes, exercise, medicine and even farming. It’s because Bluetooth 4.0 lets devices talk to each other using very little power, like these light bulbs from Cambridge-based company CSR. One app can control tens of thousands of [light bulbs] at once, right down to changing the colour of each individual bulb. And the technology has even greater potential.”

You can see the full episode here (link expires 17.07.14).


Read more about the new CSRmesh protocol here. For a full list of features and information about ordering a CSRmesh Development Kit, click here.

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CSR at Telematics Detroit 2014 – Bluetooth Smart opening doors

It was clear from last year’s Telematics events that there is a strong appetite among tier 1s and OEMs for integrating more Bluetooth® Smart connectivity applications.

Later in 2014, the first volumes of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) based on CSR’s Bluetooth Smart technology will be hitting the aftermarket space. It’s just one example of a multitude of opportunities to exploit Bluetooth Smart in-vehicle. From keyless entry systems replacing proprietary lock and unlock technologies to smartphone apps saving drivers preferred settings and displaying diagnostic information, controlling your vehicle directly from your smartphone as opposed to via the car’s telematics control unit is certainly an attractive proposition for consumers and businesses alike. Imagine car rental businesses such as Hertz and Avis providing apps that configure the rental car according to your preferences when you enter the vehicle.

While certainly convenient, this is not the primary reason for car makers to choose Bluetooth Smart. It comes down to economics. Bluetooth Smart reduces the need for as much wiring and cabling in the car, and wire replacement applications can substantially reduce the weight (up to several kilos) and complexity of establishing communication networks in the car. Ultimately it offers the opportunity to consolidate systems. TPMS and keyless systems using Bluetooth Smart can communicate directly to the dual-mode head unit device, thereby eliminating the need for dedicated TPMS and keyless receivers.

In addition, since Bluetooth Smart is a globally licensed ISM band technology, using it reduces costs associated with geographical skews that the varying frequencies of TPMS and keyless systems currently produce.

Dual-mode Bluetooth Smart chips have been shipping into the automotive market since 2011 and are already embedded in head units, ready to communicate with the Bluetooth Smart chips in steering wheel switches, TPMS sensors, key fobs, remote controls etc. We expect the global Bluetooth Smart attach rate to significantly increase over the coming years. With the CSR1010™ auto, as well as the CSRC9300™ audio-centric Bluetooth Smart/Wi-Fi® combo chip (now in mass production) and the CSR8350™, CSR is primed to meet suppliers’ Bluetooth Smart requirements.

Our recently launched CSRmesh™ solution, which is a protocol that enables ad-hoc over multiple Bluetooth Smart nodes, can also be wielded to significantly enhance many non-safety critical functions in the car. For example, a high rise parking lot with sensors throughout would be able to tell an incoming driver where exactly in the lot free spaces are, using CSRmesh to communicate with the sensors throughout the lot to locate that free space.

CSR will be demoing its Bluetooth Smart solutions at Telematics Detroit 2014 – feel free to visit CSR at booth 77.

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CSR at CES 2014 – Paul Williamson on Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth® certainly has a strong presence at International CES 2014, featuring prominently in everything from wireless headsets to automotive infotainment systems. The future, however, is in Bluetooth Smart. Take a look at the video below, where Paul Williamson, CSR’s Director of Low Power Wireless, explains the importance of and wide range of applications for Bluetooth Smart. You’ll also hear Paul talk about how Bluetooth Smart is completely changing the product development paradigm companies have been working within for so long.


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Bluetooth Smart takes to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Don’t panic! We haven’t packed our day jobs in for a life of stand-up comedy just yet!

Juliette Burton used a CSR1011 Bluetooth Smart enabled presenter to ensure her show ran smoothly

Juliette Burton used a CSR1011 Bluetooth Smart enabled presenter to ensure her show ran smoothly

Instead we were able to use CSR’s Bluetooth Smart platforms to help the comedian Juliette Burton with her debut solo comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Here at CSR we’re always keen to see new and innovative use cases for Bluetooth Smart Technology, from our Ultra-Thin Keyboard technology demonstrator to the latest Bluetooth Smart health monitoring products from Qardio, and working with Juliette has given us the opportunity to take Bluetooth Smart to the stage.

The content (and successful performance) of Juliette’s one woman show depended on the precise timing of multimedia cues throughout. Having encountered range, performance and battery life issues with existing off-the-shelf presenter remotes, Juliette needed a dependable cueing solution that would deliver the performance and range necessary to allow her to move around the stage freely without the risk of connection loss or late cues.

CSR provided Juliette with our Bluetooth Smart enabled presenter for use in her show, giving her peace of mind and confidence that her all-important cues would be delivered on time no matter where she was on stage.  Taking advantage of the reliability and low power consumption inherent in the CSR µEnergy® product lineup, the CSR Presenter comprises a CSR1011 with a small form factor, eight-element keyscan matrix. The software is derived from the Bluetooth Smart keyboard application in CSR µEnergy SDK, and the button functions were customized to meet Juliette’s specific needs.

Bluetooth smart remote control development kit

Bluetooth Smart remote control development kit

If you’re interested in developing Bluetooth Smart Remote Controls check out the CSR µEnergy Remote Control Development Kit which provides a full system solution based upon CSR1011 with advanced features such as gesture recognition, voice control and low power consumption.

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First Bluetooth low energy profiles published

Bluetooth low energy Heart Rate Monitor Profile has been adopted by the Bluetooth SIG, along with health thermometer this marks the first profiles to be adopted for the Bluetooth 4.0 specification.

It has been a long time coming with the core Bluetooth 4.0 specification adopted in July 2010 , but it is clear that this is the start of the process of a large number of profile releases.
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